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Tuesday, 28 May 1968

Mr BURY (Wentworth) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - Perhaps the honourable member for Capricornia (Dr Everingham) was not in the chamber when last I spoke. I would like to point out to him that we do not require anyone who wishes to register as a conscientious objector first to undergo a medical examination. However, it is pointed out to anybody who claims to hold a conscientious belief that if he should be found medically unfit the matter need not be pursued. Because of this possibility it is better for a person to have the medical examination first. But if he objects he is not obliged to do this. We arrange to have his case heard without medical examination. No-one is called up until his application has been definitively determined. One of the weaknesses of the present amendment is that one could go on and on putting in applications but the matter would never be resolved.

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